The Color of Friendship

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Color of Friendship (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“The Color of Friendship” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2000. The film is based on true events and tells the story of the friendship between two teenage girls from very different backgrounds during the height of apartheid in South Africa.

The story revolves around Piper Dellums, a 13-year-old African-American girl from Washington D.C., and Mahree Bok, a 14-year-old white South African girl from Johannesburg. Mahree is chosen to participate in an exchange program and comes to stay with the Dellums family in the United States. However, when Mahree arrives, she is surprised and uncomfortable to discover that her host family is African-American.

Initially, both girls struggle to understand and accept each other’s cultural differences. They hold preconceived notions about each other’s countries and traditions. But as they spend more time together and overcome their prejudices, they begin to develop a deep and meaningful friendship.

Throughout the movie, Piper and Mahree confront issues of racism, discrimination, and the harsh reality of apartheid in South Africa. The film takes a powerful stand against racism, promoting the message of acceptance, understanding, and unity between people of different races and backgrounds.

“The Color of Friendship” received critical acclaim for its thought-provoking storyline and strong performances by the cast, especially from Shadia Simmons as Mahree Bok and Lindsey Haun as Piper Dellums. The movie went on to win several awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

The film remains significant as it sheds light on the historical context of apartheid in South Africa and the struggle for racial equality and human rights. It serves as an educational tool for young audiences to learn about the complexities of racial prejudice and the importance of empathy and compassion.

“The Color of Friendship” is celebrated as one of the most powerful and impactful Disney Channel Original Movies ever made. Its enduring legacy lies in its ability to address important social issues and inspire conversations about racism and tolerance, making it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with viewers around the world.

Additional Details

  • Movie Studio:
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
  • IMDB Link


  • Shadia Simmons: Piper Dellums
  • Lindsey Haun: Mahree Bok
  • Carl Lumbly: Congressman Ron Dellums
  • Penny Johnson: Roscoe Dellums
  • Anthony Burnett: Brandy Dellums
  • Travis Davis: Erik Dellums
  • Melanie Nicholls-King: Flora
  • Susan Danford: Merle Bok
  • Stephen Jennings: Pieter Bok
  • Michael Kanev: Rian Bok
  • Ahmad Stoner: Daniel
  • Ryan Cooley: Billy
  • Erik Dellums: Oliver


  • Director: Kevin Hooks
  • Producer: Kevin Hooks and Christopher Morgan

Movie Trailer:

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